2019 Polaris Sportsman 570 Review and Test Ride
By Chris Yeloushan
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It’s been several years since I’ve been behind the handlebars of a new Polaris Sportsman. The last time, I was deep in the woods of the Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania on a particularly cold Thanksgiving week.
Polaris ATVs are known for their size, weight, and strength, even in the toughest conditions. Generally speaking, they lead in payload, towing, and rack capacity across the board. We also consider them one of the best ATVs in America.
I was lucky enough to test the Polaris Sportsman 570, this time in the hot summer heat of southern Florida. In this review, I will go over the Sportsman 570 engine, specs, price, top speed and more, so hang on tight and get ready, because this machine means business.
Watch my full test ride and review of the 2019 Polaris Sportsman 570:
2019 Polaris Sportsman 570 Engine
I was excited for the opportunity to test out the 2019 Polaris Sportsman 570 EFI base model with the Pro-star engine. When I got to the dealership, I purposely chose the Sportsman 570 base without power steering to see if I really needed to spend the extra $900 for the EPS model. Because the Sportsman 570 is one of the best-selling ATVs on the planet, I wanted to personally test this vehicle on all the terrain it supposedly tackles with ease, from dirt to gravel to sand.
The Polaris Sportsman 570 EFI is powered by a 567cc, Prostar 4-stroke DOHC, 4 valve, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder electronic fuel-injected engine, with 44 horsepower. The base model has an automatic PVT shaft drive transmission with P/R/N/L/H conveniently located near the driver’s right arm for easy shifting when the terrain changes quickly. The power is both smooth and quiet while cruising the trails at higher RPMs.
The towing capacity and suspension on the Polaris Sportsman 570 match the engine specs for an impressive turnout. To see exactly what I mean, watch this:
2019 Polaris Sportsman 570 Top Speed – Trail Tested
I was able to hit a top speed of 62 mph on a paved road, which is very impressive for an entry-level ATV. If I had a little extra blacktop, I think I could have squeezed out a few more MPHs.
The Sportsman 570 comes standard with MacPherson Struts up front with 8.2 inches of travel, while the rear suspension is independent with dual A-Arms and 9.5 inches of travel. Coupled with the Carlisle 25 x 8-12 up front and 25 x 10-12 provided plenty of traction and grip in every obstacle I encountered. I really like the ability to kick out the back wheel during high-speed twists and turns on the trails. As attractive as the Sportsman is, it would look so much meaner if Polaris included a matching set of aluminum wheels versus the old school stamped steel wheels.
The Sportsman braking system boasts a single lever 3-wheel hydraulic disc, conveniently mounted on the left handlebar, that stops all four wheels. In addition to the hand brake, there is a rear-only hydraulic disc foot brake that is located on the right floorboard, ready for difficult down-hill descents. The park in-transmission is simply shifted by a lockable hand lever. To really see how the brakes on the Sportsman 570 work in action, watch my video testing them out:
2019 Polaris Sportsman 570 Specs
– Seats, Weight, Features, Fuel Tank, Towing Capacity And More
You will notice how the Sportsman’s ergonomics stand out once you put your leg over the soft, comfortable seat. It’s easy to grip with both knees and does not require you to ride with your feet so far apart like most other big bore ATVs. With an overall dry weight of 704lbs, 48 inches wide, and 11 inches of ground clearance, the Polaris has designed the ATV for a full weekend of fun.
The all-digital display features the speedometer, fuel gauge, hour meter, odometer, dual trip meters, gear indicator, all-wheel drive indicator, volt meter, coolant temperature, high-temperature light, clock, and DC outlet for your phone or camera. I really liked the ability to change the back-lighting of the instrument panel from red to blue when the sun was setting at dusk. It improved visibility during different lighting conditions.
The Polaris is equipped with a 4.5-gallon fuel tank and two dry storage containers. Known as their signature Lock and Ride system, it includes a 6-gallon shallow container in the front and a 2-gallon container in the rear that could easily fit my 25-foot tow strap. Most of the competitors do not offer this amount of both front and rear storage.
With the combined 270lb front and rear rack capacity, 485lb payload capacity, and 1,225lb of trailer towing capacity, the Sportsman isn’t only a thrill-seekers dream, it is also perfect for weekend projects around the house. Polaris equipped the Sportsman with a standard 1-inch receiver hitch which is a nice feature. However, when I need to move a trailer around the house, I only have a 2-inch receiver that I have for my truck or sport utility vehicle.
Polaris Sportsman 570 Price
With an MSRP starting at $6,899, which includes electronic fuel injection, independent front, and rear suspension, there is enough storage to take nearly all of your gear for the entire weekend. If $7 grand on an ATV sounds expensive, Polaris often has rebates available on the Sportsman, which you can check out here. Rebates are typically in the $1,000 range but are known to change from month to month. For a full breakdown of 2019 Polaris Sportsman 570 Pricing:
2019 Polaris Sportsman 570 Base
MSRP of $6,899
2019 Polaris Sportsman 570 EPS
MSRP of $7,799
You can see pricing on all Polaris Sportsman models at GoRollick.com and if you need help financing the Sportsman, check out our guide to getting an ATV loan.
Polaris Sportsman 570 Likes:
- Speed and power delivery of the 44hp 570CC Pro-star engine
- Generous storage and towing capacity
- Best bang for your buck for an entry-level big bore ATV
Polaris Sportsman 570 Dislikes:
- Steering too firm for long-distance trail riding
- 1-inch receiver hitch vs. 2-inch receiver hitch
- Plain steel stamped wheels
Overall, the 2019 Polaris Sportsman 570 EFI is a multi-purpose, budget-friendly, work and play ATV that offers so many features and benefits for an entry-level big-bore ATV. It is no surprise why this is one of the best-selling ATVs. If you have enjoyed this review, read my review on the 2019 Kawasaki Teryx. Need to haul your new ATV? We got you covered with our Ultimate Guide to Buying a Toy Hauler.
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About the Author:
Chris is a Vice President of Strategic Accounts at Rollick. Born and raised in his family’s outdoor recreational dealerships, he has been involved in everything outdoors since he could walk. His first dirt bike was a 1980 Honda Z50. Since then, he has ridden and owned everything including dirt bikes, ATV’s, SXS, and PWC’s. You will probably spot him on any given Sunday tearing up the trails of the Ocala National Forest. His passion over the last twenty years has been focused on helping dealers increase sales and build customer loyalty through America’s top consumer brands. Some of the top brands include Allstate, USAA, GEICO, Progressive, AAA, and Walmart. Members of these organizations are loyal and looking for a more efficient and straight-forward buying and ownership experience. Chris has been dedicated to connecting members of these organizations with the nation’s top dealerships.